WASHINGTON (CNN) - The President invited key congressional leaders to the White House for talks on the government shutdown, but still no deal. The fight to re-open the government continues.
After a 90-minute high profile, closed door meeting between the President and Congressional Leaders, no deal was made.
According to Rep. John Boehner, (R) House Speaker, “The President reiterated he will not negotiate, we have divided government. We sent 4 proposals to senate, they rejected all of them. They will not negotiate.”
The sticking point in the stalemate, a faction of House Republicans wants anti-Obamacare amendments in the spending bill. Senate Democrats and President Obama say no way.
“We are locked in tight on Obamacare,” said Sen. Harry Reid, (D) Senate Majority Leader.
“They want to overturn Obamacare, it's not going to happen,” added Rep. Nancy Pelosi,
(D) House Minority Leader.
However, the President had this to say in an interview with cnbc: “And am I exasperated? Absolutely I’m exasperated, because this is entirely unnecessary.”
Just around the corner, an even bigger debate over the deadline for raising the debt ceiling. There's talk of bundling it all together.
“I would try to see if the put together a comprehensive agreement, so our country doesn't go through this,” said Rep. Peter King, (R) New York.
The biggest unknown of all is just how long this will last.
No surprise this game of chicken is not so popular with the American public. “The government can’t make up their mind about what they want. It's like the Hatfields and McCoys fighting with each other all the time.”
A recent poll shows 68 percent of Americans think shutting down the government was, plainly put, a bad idea.